The thrill of horror movies to those who love the genre so is the thrill of potential scares that the film will provide. What if your life was just one big horror movie?
For Ed and Lorraine Warren, the decades they were married was one big horror movie from start to finish……at least with their professional lives. Although some of the work that they did tend to try to follow them home from time to time. It is said that Ed Warren was one of the first licensed, non-ordained Demonologists to perform exorcisms. Sadly, Ed passed away in 2006 leaving behind a stellar career and the care of his haunted items to his wife, Lorraine, and the desire to protect the world to several who follow in his footsteps, most notably his nephew, John Zaffis, of Haunted Collector Fame, and student Dave Considine who is said to have worked on the Haunting in Connecticut actual case and as the technical advisor for the movie.
Horror fans have had the opportunity to revel in morbid delight at their most famous case to date, “The Amityville Horror,” but they investigated cases before and sense. Miss Lorraine still assists and mentors Ryan Buell of Paranormal State among many others.
The Conjuring directed by James Wan of Insidious fame is said to be the most personally terrifying and mentions the case of Annabelle the Doll and the Peron family….primarily the Peron family but allows outsiders into the terrifying life that they led.
The Peron family is excited about moving into a bigger house in 1971 because they had five daughters. The oldest daughter was excited especially since she was an older teenager and was finally allowed to have the privilege and privacy of her own room while the four younger girls doubled up. What most of these families don’t know is that the house was bought for a steal and that has to have a reason.
In this case an evil witch who has cursed all who try to live in her house after her.
The haunting begins with the smell of rotten meat drifting from room to room. Although, one of the younger girls, Christine, played by Joey King claims that it’s her sister Nancy farting before she is the first to official realize that it’s a haunting. She is jerked to the end of the bed by her foot before seeing a shadowy figure standing by the door. She is terrified it is going to grab Nancy who gets up to check before the door is slammed shut to prevent her parents from rushing into the room to check on her.
They think nothing of the fact that their daughter, Cindy, played by Twilight’s Mackenzie Foy sleep walks into her oldest sister’s room and bangs her head on the antique wardrobe the previous owners had left. Cindy eventually tells of a nightmare of a woman in a night gown standing at the foot of her parents’ bed.
The mother though is the first to experience anything because she keeps getting mysterious bruises. The Warrens describe the stages of possession as only being three levels although some believe there to be five. In Ed Warren’s lecture he lists: 1. Infestation 2. Oppression 3. Possession. This is where Mrs. Peron hears them and begs them to come out. Something she says gets Miss Lorraine to agree to come out to check the house. Even though Ed is afraid for her since they assisted during an Exorcism and she saw something in the eyes of the possessed man that sent her to her room behind a locked door for several days.
She says that they married for a reason and eventually decides it is to help people. She has a gift so why keep it to herself when people are in danger and she might be able to stop it?
This demon though is an old witch who sacrificed her child to Satan shortly after it was born and curses all mothers to kill their children….but it tries to attach itself to Lorraine after she accidently loses the locket her daughter Judy gives her. She has a vision of her daughter drowned in the pond and rushes home later to find her daughter terrified that the doll Annabelle has chased her down. Ed finds the doll still locked in its case but Lorraine still fears that this is a warning from the demon.
They choose to pursue things though and arrive shortly after Mrs. Peron disappears with Christine and the youngest, April (Kyla Deaver). Like Amityville, the demon appears to the youngest child as a friendly child spirit; this one named Rory, a boy who used to live in the house, and disappeared. The music box she finds in the secret room is key in seeing Rory and a key piece to unraveling the mystery.
The Blu-ray special feature has the best featurettes of all: a short documentary on the Warrens and a brief tour through their haunted collection.
The interesting thing is the last line Vera Farminga, who plays Miss Lorraine states wraps everything up in a nice little bow. They leave the Peron haunting and almost instantly jump right into a “case in Long Island, New York.” It doesn’t take a horror movie trivia buff to guess exactly which case she is eluding too.
Does this mean they will do an Amityville movie from a behind the scenes Warrens’ point of view movie? It certainly would be appealing and a great tribute to Ed Warren for all the years he dedicated to being the last hope for so many.
For more information on the history of the Warrens please visit their website, The New England Society for Psychic Research. Be prepared though. The Amityville theme is embedded into the Warrens’ homepage.
Dedicated to Ed Warren